And Another…

On Thursday I finished another book of Eco’s essays, Five Moral Pieces. For the curious, it was finished in circumstances similar to both his Misreadings and Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism, circumstances previously recorded here.

While still interesting, this book was not as entertaining (in my mind) as Misreadings. That book was cynical, but it was the cynicism of youth. As a result, it came across as amusing. The later work, Five Moral Pieces, reads like an older man (written 30+ years later, so it is an older man) speaking his mind on a number of things that are going wrong with society or which have always been wrong with society.

That’s not to say that it’s not good, but it is less enjoyable from a casual reading perspective. It’s definitely less fun.

The next book, which I started on Friday, is Julian Barnes’ The History of the World in 10 and a Half Chapters. I’ve barely started because of other, more important, distractions, so I have little opinion right now.


~ by truth9 on May 19, 2007.

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